Poland hands out iodine pills as fighting rages near Ukrainian power plant

Poland began distributing iodine tablets to various regional fire departments Thursday over concerns about potential radioactive exposure from a nuclear power plant under occupation by the Russians in Ukraine.  There has been shelling near Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest plant during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces, and buildings near the plant’s six reactors have been damaged.  … Read more

Putin initiates conscription to bolster military invasion as Ukraine mounts counteroffensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in Russia, which will require citizens to join the war effort in Ukraine. He also warned Western nations not to attack Russia’s territories, which would be met with swift retaliation.  Putin’s address on Wednesday comes as Russia’s invasion reaches nearly seven months and amid a successful counter-offensive … Read more

UN General Assembly draws dictators, presidents as war hits Europe, threatens Asia – but climate remains focus

The 77th United Nations General Assembly is underway with world leaders set to attend, many jetting over from the U.K. after attending the queen’s funeral. Up for discussion: climate change, which is expected to take central focus even as war in Ukraine continues and China increases its aggressive posturing toward Taiwan.  U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres … Read more